In Uganda, Dutch NGO SNV provides about 200,000 school children with school milk. The project was initiated in 2016 in dairy-rich South West Uganda, where malnutrition is high, but milk is widely available. After SNV partnered with the Ugandan Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education and Sports, the programme was rolled out on the national level. Although the Netherlands Embassy in Kampala provides a financial contribution, the programme’s real champions are the children’s parents. For a small fee, their children receive milk mixed with porridge at school.
In 2018, SNV teamed up with another Dutch NGO, Yoba for Life, to expand the programme to include nursery schools. Based on the same parent-funded principle, nursery school children receive a special pro-biotic yoghurt which helps them increase their immunity.
Just like in Burundi, in Uganda school milk and yoghurt contribute to the development of the entire community. While children receive healthy nutrition, the embassy helps local dairy producers unlock their full potential.